Decapitated Dan - Host
Decapitated Dan Royer is a horror comic journalist living in Illinois. He has been covering horror comics since 2009. He is also the founder of the Ghastly Awards and his own Comic Convention Dan Con.
Monsters & Metal is his 4th podcast (Tales From the Water Cooler, Discussions with Decapitated Dan (ended) and Comic Monsters Podcast(ended)). Dan is affiliated with numerous websites, most notably FromtheTombMagazine.tk, ComicRelated.com and ComicAttack.net and it is on these sites that you can find all of his columns, reviews and audio shows.
Dirk Manning - Co-Host
Best known as the writer/creator of the horror comic series NIGHTMARE WORLD from Image Comics/Shadowline and the inspirational/“how-to” column WRITE OR WRONG for www.Newsarama.com, which has now been collected in book form as WRITE OR WRONG: “A Writer’s Guide to Creating Comics” (Transfuzion Publishing). He is also the writer of TALES OF MR. RHEE and LOVE STORIES ABOUT DEATH (both of which can be read for free at www.ShadowlineOnline.com), the writer/co-creator of the FARSEEKER (www.ACTIVATEcomix.com) and the writer of “The Hunger” for the popular YouTube horror film series BlackBoxTV. Don't let his tongue-in-cheek photo of the guy in the black hat and scarf fool you, though, as he's a very approachable guy, with more and more con-goers every year coming to discover how much they enjoy his work and panel presentations – even if they don’t typically consider themselves fan of “horror comics.” Take our word for it: No trip to Artist Alley is complete without swinging by to talk to Dirk Manning!
"Dark Horse Discourse" with Aub Driver
Every month you can tune in and listen to Dark Horse Comics PR Rep Aub Driver talk about everything Dark Horse!
Aub Driver is a triple-threat entertainment publicist currently working for Dark Horse Comics. When he's not making headlines happen, he's somewhere in the music studio with his band enjoying blast beats and beers. With eight years of talent handling and media relations under his belt, you can find him in Portland or at most major pop culture conventions. He also loves cats.
Dark Horse Comics was founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson as an offshoot of his Oregon comic-book retail chain, Things From Another World. Richardson pursued the idea of establishing an ideal atmosphere for creative professionals, and twenty-five years later the company has grown to become the third-largest comics publisher in the United States.
"Monster Messaging" with Dave Elliott
Dave Elliott has more than 25 years of experience working in every aspect of the comic book industry from writer and artist to editor and publisher. Dave created Sharky and Maximum Force and has worked on diverse titles such as A1, Deadline, Viz Comic, Heavy Metal magazine, Penthouse Comix, 2000 AD, Justice League of America, Transformers, GI Joe and Doctor Who. He recently worked with the band Fall Out Boy, and with NASCAR/MMI to create and brand new intellectual properties which he sites as examples of new media integration for a more immersive entertainment experience.
In 2006, Dave co-founded Radical Studios. As both the co-publisher and Editor-In-Chief, Dave was integral to the development and launch of Radical’s premiere comic book titles several of which have now begun development as film properties including Hercules (Starring Dwayne Johnson, directed by Brett Ratner and to be released by MGM), Freedom Formula (New Regency), Schrapnel, Caliber, Hotwire, Last Days of American Crime and Oblivion (starring Tom Cruise, directed by Joe Kosinski and released by Universal).
Currently Dave is relaunching his company ATOMEKA, started with his partner Garry Leach, as an imprint of Titan Books. Atomeka’s titles includee A1, WEIRDING WILLOWS and MONSTER MASSACRE, followed by ODYSSEY. Dave is easilly accessible on both Facebook and DeviantART.
Strange Kids Club Presents: What's Crackle'in
Rondal Scott is an amateur time traveller full time horror fan who resides in Austin, TX. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Strange Kids Club (strangekidsclub.com), co-founder of Closet Monsters (bewarethecloset.com) and has also written for Rue Morgue magazine. His obsession with horror movies, animation and action figures is considered unhealthy by medical professionals.
"I Hate Everything You Love" with Douglas Paszkiewicz
Douglas Paszkiewicz is a veteran in the comic book industry, having done work for Image, and DC Comics, Mad Magazine and keeps his own Independently Published work Arsenic Lullaby at the top of the heap in popularity and critical acclaim. "Arsenic Lullaby" was nominated for the comic book industries two highest awards - the Eisner award and the Harvey Award and is distributed across the U.S. Canada, Australia, and Europe, where it has been nominated for Europe’s Comicdom Award. With biting satire, bizarre plots, and morbidly charming characters Douglas is one of the few who keeps fans interested as well as critics.
Monthly Recap with the Ghastly Award Judges
Founded in 2011 by Decapitated Dan with the help of Steve Banes, Mike Howlett, Lonnie Nadler and Mykal Banta, the Ghastly Awards recognize outstanding achievements in Horror Comics over a range of 15 different categories. The nominees are chosen by other horror comic book professionals and winners are chosen by a panel of judges. Since the start of the awards, 4 more judges have been added into the group.
Massive Fantastic Horror Radio Drama
Eric "Super Villain" Millen is a super villain who is burdened with glorious purpose who resides in the mountains of Romania. His glorious purpose is to spread his love of great art and great audio horror through his blog MassiveFantastic.com and this GREAT podcast! Super Villain is also an artist of magnificent ability which can be viewed in all its glory at his new downloadable paperart website SuperPaperGames.com!